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Youth urge IMO to act now to cut shipping emissions

UPDATE:

Despite pressure from campaigners, which was strongly felt within the negotiation, the 'usual suspects' delay, yet again, the commitment to cut down carbon emission in shipping. The decision whether to regulate ships speed is on hold until next year. Read more here

At the UN International Maritime Organization negotiations behind closed doors about global shipping emissions were opened up to the voice of the youth climate strike movement! The video above includes some of Noga Levy-Rapoport’s speech as delivered to delegates, with clips of protest actions outside. Text of Noga's speech below.

Every one of the delegates from around the world also received a gift of a paper boat made by children with a message asking them to act on the climate emergency. Most came from local children but we also received boats from as far away as Bali, and young people in Fiji sent a solidarity message (pictures below)

Greta Thunberg has a message - and UK MPs need to hear it

Greta Thunberg is coming to the UK. She started a global school strike movement, Fridays For Future, has addressed Davos, the EU, and met the Pope. On Tuesday afternoon she will be in the House of Commons, and all MPs are invited to attend. How many will turn up?

Please email your MP - you can do so easily via https://www.writetothem.com/ and ask them to attend. A simple personal message is best - you can talk about the school strikes in the UK, particularly in your area, and that young people need to know MPs are listening.

You could also tweet them and ask them to come - and even call their office on Tuesday morning (call 020 7219 3000 for the House of Commons switchboard and ask to be put through to their office, giving your MP's name)

Example email (but a personal one is better)

Dear x

On Tuesday 23 April, MPs will have the opportunity to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a special meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change at 2pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. As my MP I am asking you to attend. Around 1.5 million children and young people worldwide attended the school strikes for climate in March - a global movement which started with one girl, Greta, sitting outside the Swedish Parliament. She has since addressed Davos and the EU, and been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

Extinction Rebellion plans to 'shut down London', demanding government face up to climate crisis

From blocking five major London bridges last November, Extinction Rebellion are scaling up with plans for major disruption in the capital for a fortnight from 15 April. Participants are invited to bring tents to camp out in Parliament Square and other locations. 

The Friday before the action, April 12th, will be the UK's third national school strike. During the fortnight there are expected to be actions in several major cities where Extinction Rebellion is active - it's billed as 'International Rebellion'.

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